Kiss me through the phone: Pandemic prompts singles to turn to apps, video chat – Monroe Evening News

Kiss me through the phone: Pandemic prompts singles to turn to apps, video chat – Monroe Evening News


Online dating, including dating apps and video chat, are ways singles have been connecting during the COVID-19 pandemic. [MONROE NEWS PHOTO BY TOM HAWLEY]

Roses are red. 

Violets are blue. 

I think you’re cute, so I’ll swipe right on you. 

If you didn’t already have someone to hunker down with since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re probably out of luck.

Because that’s about as romantic as it gets for a pandemic year Valentine’s Day for area singles who mostly are stuck to swiping right or left on potential virtual matches. 

Tinder is an app that has users swipe "right" for singles they'd like to match with or "left" for those who don't meet their qualifications. [MONROE NEWS PHOTO BY TOM HAWLEY]

So explained Monroe County’s residents still looking for love who used just one word to describe dating during a global health pandemic — nonexistent. 

“It’s nearly impossible to meet decent people,” Kolita Michaud recently told The Monroe News. “It’s just a huge disappointment anymore. It’s sad I’m almost 40 and still single.” 

Kolita Michaud

The Monroe resident isn’t alone. Since the State of Michigan and country went on lockdown last March — closing restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other meeting spots for singles — it’s become increasingly challenging to make new connections. 

Weighed down with worry about contracting a virus that has claimed thousands of lives, many daters have
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